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Getting the facts on FDA recalls

Under federal law, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is empowered to require private companies to issue recalls in the event a product is discovered to be defective or harmful to the public. Such recalls, according to the FDA, are issued under one of three different classifications. The severity of the product’s potential harm is classified in ascending order by three different levels. Each classification gives the Louisiana public a general idea of how defective and dangerous the product is.

Do warning labels reduce liability?

You have probably seen warning labels on the products you use on a daily basis. You will find most products you buy in Louisiana carry a warning label. Some are very straightforward and helpful, such as a warning to use a chemical cleaner in a ventilated area. Others are odd and even comical, such as a warning to not put people in a dryer or to use a waffle iron only to cook food. One reason why so many products carry these labels is to protect the manufacturer from liability.

Are power strips a fire hazard?

In today's high tech world, you probably have more things to plug in than places to plug them in. In a case like this, you probably use a power strip. However, what you may not realize is that many fires occur in Louisiana due to improperly used power strips. Knowing how to use them can help you to stay safe and keep your home and family safe.

How should I handle an adverse effect to medication?

Many people have allergies to medications. However, not every adverse effect is an allergy. In some cases, it could be a side effect that has not been seen before. Regardless, understanding the unintended effects of medication on patients is very important for health care providers and pharmaceutical companies. This is why it is essential that you understand how to handle a situation where you experience an adverse effect to medication in Louisiana. 

The dangers of energy drinks

Energy drinks are a very popular product on the market in Louisiana. While the FDA has cleared them for sale, there has been proof these beverages pose a health risk. Consumers should educate themselves about the potential risks of consuming these drinks to avoid serious side effects or health ramifications.

Dangers of electric heaters

As the weather turns colder, some people rely on electric heaters in Louisiana to stay warm. With a fairly nice climate all year round, it is not always essential to warm up a cold home all over. Space heaters can be a nice way to add some warmth to fight off chilly temperatures in just the used areas of a home. However, these heaters also pose a safety risk. Using them properly and understanding their risks is the only way a person can protect their home and family from danger.

How to stay on top of product recalls

Every Louisiana citizen is subject to having a consumer product they have purchased being recalled. According to USA.gov, recalls are issued when a manufacturer discovers a problem with its product that could pose a risk to consumers. For example, this could be that a product was mislabeled or that it is defective. Consumers may be asked to return or exchange the item or to send for a repair kit. In some cases, consumers are alerted they should no longer use the product and provide instructions for obtaining a refund.

Birth control recall due to packaging mistake

Women across Louisiana and the nation should take a look at their birth control. WRAL reports that a pharmaceutical company has issued a recall on a lot of birth control pills that have been placed into the package incorrectly. The lot at issue put placebo pills into the wrong order, which could put those taking the medication at risk of unintended pregnancy.

Recalled inhalers may deliver insufficient doses

Louisiana residents and others who suffer from asthma and rely on inhalers should check the model they are using to see whether it is part of a large-scale, nationwide recall. Per NOLA.com, the recall involves three batches of Ventolin asthma inhalers, and it came about after the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, received numerous complaints about the medicine inside the devices leaking out.

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